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5/10/2016 – 9:12 pm

Area schools, business representatives and first responders will have a chance soon to learn how to respond to active shooter situations in the school and workplace. Sergeant Brian Dill from the Findlay Police Department said that they would be offering ALICE training later this summer.

Audio: Brian Dill

ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, teaches schools and businesses appropriate responses to active shooter situations. Dill says that the training is good because even though you hope to never encounter a situation, you’ll be able to respond to situations in an effective manner.

Audio: Brian Dill

There is a cost associated with the ALICE training, and Dill said that if anyone is interesting in participating, they can find out more information through the ALICE website, as well as sign up for the Findlay class. It will be offered in August of this year, and certified individuals can also help train others within their school or business on the ALICE procedures and methods.

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5/10/16 – 5:35 A.M.
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Firefighters from Liberty Township are dealing with a utility pole fire this morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the pole caught on fire just after 5 a.m. near the intersection of State Route 12 and Montana Avenue. Scanner traffic at the time indicated that traffic was being blocked so firefighters could battle the flames. AEP is reporting more than 300 power outages in Hancock County this morning as a result of the fire. A company representative says the power should be restored around 3:30 PM.

We do have reports of some traffic lights near Route 12 and I-75 being out. Remember to treat those as a 4-way stop.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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5/10/2016 – 11:05 AM

State Auditor Dave Yost announced this week that the Arlington Local School District has been awarded an Auditor of the State Award as a result of their recent clean audit report. A release notes that to receive the award, an entity must file timely audit reports, have no findings for recovery, citations or other potential issues.

The entities management letter also contains no comments related to ethics referrals, questionable costs, findings for recovery less than $100.00 and no other financial or other concerns involving the eligible entity.

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5/10/16 – 9:38 A.M.

Two men were arrested last week in Upper Sandusky after police turned up evidence of a meth lab in a trailer. The Upper Sandusky Police Department reports Benjamin Gamble of Upper Sandusky and Andrew Inman of Mansfield were taken into custody Friday. Officers were called to 1049 North Warpole Street, Lot 50, after receiving a tip about a meth operation at the location.

Investigators say a “substantial amount” of methamphetamine was found in the trailer. Chemicals used to make meth were also found inside.

Charges are pending in the case.

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5/10/16 – 9:31 A.M.

Plans to build a new bus garage are moving forward for the Carey School district. The Courier reports Clouse Construction has been awarded a contract to build the garage and an athletic field house next to the news school. The cost of the two buildings will be a maximum of $1.45 million. They should be completed by the start of the new school year in August.

RCM Architects of Findlay has been contracted to design the buildings.

MORE: The Courier

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5/10/16 – 9:14 A.M.

A Findlay man has been named the “Architect of the Year” by the Toledo chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Courier reports Dan Clinger recently received the award. Clinger is the former co-owner of RCM Architects. He was given the award for his commitment to his profession and community, mentorship, and downtown development.

Clinger says one of his proudest accomplishments was helping found Flag City BalloonFest in 2000.

Clinger retired from RCM in 2013 but still serves as a consultant. He also serves on the Findlay City Planning Commission.

MORE: The Courier

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5/10/16 – 9:07 A.M.

The Ohio EPA has found violations at McComb’s water treatment plant. The Courier reports a recent inspection turned up eight violations. That resulted in 27 recommendations from the agency. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said the issues were due to mechanical problems. While the village has 30 days to fix the problems, Siferd says he wants clarification on some things before moving forward.

In the meantime, McComb has been accepted into the Northwestern Water and Sewer District. The Bowling Green-based group will oversee the operation of village water and sewer plants. A formal agreement is still being finalized.

MORE: The Courier

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5/10/16 – 8:50 A.M.

The former computer service director for the city of Findlay has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular assault. 31-year-old Justin Weddington of Rudolph held the position when he was involved in an injury crash near the intersection of County Road 139 and State Route 12 last August. Weddington was driving under suspension at the time due to a prior OVI conviction.

Following the August crash, Weddington was put on paid leave by the city and later fired. He’ll be sentenced on June 29.

Weddington went left of center and hit a Toyota Prius driven by 49-year-old Lisa Brown. She was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. A passenger, 19-year-old Anna Brown, was also injured.

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5/10/16 – 7:46 A.M.

The cost of attorney fees could top more than $600,000 for an open records case in Putnam County. The Lima News reports the county does not have insurance that would pay the fees. The lawsuit that led to the bills in the first place had to do with the controversial widening of Road 5. Commissioner John Love tells the newspaper if the fees can’t be appealed, the money would have to come out of the general fund.

A ruling by visiting Judge Dale Crawford awarded more than $497,000 to six attorneys. Landowners along Road 5 were also awarded more than $113,000 for lawyer bills in a second case.

In 2014, a court ruled the Putnam County Commissioners violated Ohio’s Sunshine Laws concerning the widening of Road 5. Eminent domain was eventually used to expand the road by two feet on each side. The 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima ruled property owners weren’t given notice of the appropriation. The court also said there was no chance to object.

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5/10/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The Findlay School District now has zero tolerance for “zero tolerance.” The school board approved removing the policy from the district handbook Monday. Superintendent Ed Kurt tells the Courier having a student miss an entire year of school because of a discipline issue, “doesn’t do students or society any good.”

Instead of a “zero-tolerance” policy, there is a non-violence statement in the student handbook. Not following the statement will still lead to discipline. However, instead of simply expelling a student, alternative actions could be taken. That could include going to the Findlay Digital Academy, the Findlay Learning Center, at-home instruction, or correspondence courses.

MORE: The Courier

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